Rafael-Vinoly

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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Rafael Viñoly Architects via d i s - s e c t i o n

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, evokes the image of two jewels in a glass case. Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater, the center’s principal programmatic components, are treated as freestanding buildings on a vast indoor public plaza, Commonwealth Plaza, enclosed by a brick, steel and concrete perimeter building. From the perimeter emerges an immense steel and glass barrel vault roof that floods the interior with natural light.

The central London skyscraper (officially named 20 Fenchurch Street) had already melted cars with a “death ray” caused by its reflective glass before it even finished construction. Once open, its sky garden was criticized for falling short of promises to be a truly public space, and for feeling like “an airport terminal.”

In addition, the building’s overall concave design has been charged with creating a down draft powerful enough to knock people over. Its successful grant of planning permission also became in itself a public scandal, given that the planner’s report warned that it would cause “significant visual harm.” And now, to cap it all, the U.K.’s Carbuncle Cup Awards have named the tower the ugliest British building completed in the last 12 months.

London’s Worst Building

[Photo: AP/Frank Augstein]

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Aeropuerto de Carrasco - Montevideo Uruguay

A pleasant surprise on my bus ride back from Punta Del Este coming into Montevideo was the sight of the Montevideo Airport designed by spanish architect Rafael Viñoly.  Didn’t get a chance to take pictures (camera broke in Piriapolis) and Iphone was off. Found these images to share. it was very impressive in reality. definitely would consider a flight into Montevideo just to see the inside.